Pics: Highlights of the first day of the Jaipur Lit Fest 2013
Entering its sixth year, JLF is now regarded as the Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing.
The 14th Dalai Lama attended the literary carnival on the eve of the discussion,'The Buddha in Literature' on Jan 25.
The Dalai Lama in conversation with Pico Iyer, while the session 'Kinships of Faiths: Finding the Middle Way'.
The festival, which is devoting a special segment to Buddhism for the first time, took a look at the impact of the faith on lifestyles, literature, arts and culture.
A statement issued by the organising committee of the Festival quoted the Dalai Lama as saying: 'Literature has played a major role in my life. Since childhood, reading has been of great importance to me and I am often reminded of the immense kindness of the scholars of the past who translated a vast array of Buddhist literature into Tibetan'.
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore paid a tribute to eminent writer Sunil Gangopadhyay and read out excerpts from his work in Bengali and English, during a special session called 'Remembering Sunil Da'
During the session 'Remembering Sunil Da', there were readings by actress Sharmila Tagore, tributes by Aruna Chakravarti, Arunava Sinha and Amit Chaudhuri and it was moderated by Malashri Lal.
Governor of Rajasthan , Mrs Margaret Alva also delivered a speech on humanity and writers playing a vital role to bring a change in the society.